Dedicated to Le Carre's con-man father, A PERFECT SPY is a spy-story fictionalization of how growing up the son of a con man could be the ideal education of a natural-born double-agent.
"Epic in scope...overshadows his other bestsellers"
"His most compelling novel, one he may spend the rest of his life trying to top".
Magnus Pym-tops in intelligence work is missing.....
"BEST ENGLISH NOVEL SINCE THE WAR."-PHILIP ROTH
This is CHOICE le Carré. He has a way of getting into his characters minds and plotting so carefully and also showing the utter futility of the spying game.
"The premier spy novelist of our time...brilliantly written -- The Washington Post
From Publishers Weekly
Le Carre's new novel overshadows The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and his other bestsellers. The author's intense feelings, linguistic artistry and stinging wit draw the reader into the story of Magnus Pym, traitor. Epic in scope and length, the narrative moves backward and forward in time, recording crises-ridden events from the viewpoints of numerous characters. Primarily, the revelations are in an epistle Pym addresses to his young son Tom. The writer is holed-up in a remote country cottage where he tries to explain his crimes to the boy before pursuers find him. For years a trusted agent in British Intelligence, Pym has been giving England's and America's vital secrets to a contact in Czechoslovakia. Now Jack Brotherhood, the spy's mentor in the honorable organization, sadly agrees with colleagues that Pym is guilty. The proof is his disappearance, coincidental with data gushing from CIA computers and sent by U.S. agents to their opposite numbers in London. Determined to minimize the damage of Pym's treachery and create a coverup if possible, Brotherhood takes charge of a team searching for the betrayer. As the lives of everyone involved in this netherworld of espionage become tragically immediate to the reader, Le Carre again masterfully chronicles the dangerous game-playing world of international espionage.
The novel tells the tale of Magnus Pym, a long-time spy for the United Kingdom. When Pym mysteriously disappears, a number of his fellow secret agents suspect that he may have betrayed them, and not without reason throughout most of his career, Magnus was also cooperating with the Czechoslovak secret service. Although the book is filled with intrigue, wit, and suspense, the novel is in part an unadorned recollection of Rick, Magnus's father, who was based on Le Carré's own father.